February 2016
Meet Lawyers and Honor Our Judges
at Judicial Reception March 9

The SDCBA’s Judicial Reception is one of our biggest events. Get to know your colleagues and San Diego’s judges and commissioners at this event – which is exclusively for SDCBA members and the San Diego bench. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. on the second floor terrace of the Bar Center at 401 building! RSVP here.


Everyday Networking March 3

Networking is a big part of client development and positioning your firm and your expertise. Learn some of the secrets to making networking an ongoing part of your practice.

Help Score the High School Mock Trial Competition!

Attorneys are still needed to help score the competition next week!

Stop by the Bar Center at 401

Hang out in the member lounge or get work done in the shared workspace.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Social Security Disability Section Meeting

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
SDCBA Book Club: The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and a Missing Corpse by Piu Marie Eatwell

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Changes Afoot? How Proposed Revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct May Impact How You Practice Law (Part II)
*Live webcast also available.

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Appellate Section Meeting
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law: A Year in Review
*Live webcast also available.
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tips for Successful Networking in Your Everyday Life
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
LinkedIn: Make Sure Law Firm Recruiters Can Find You
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Animal Law Section Meeting

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
SDCBA Annual Judicial Reception
4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Construction Law Section Networking Mixer
Want to contribute to For the Record? Contact bar@sdcba.org.

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Jason Evans
Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Dear Colleagues,

What will our 2026 daily “to-do’s” look like? It is hard to imagine now as emerging lawyers, where we are regularly pulled in many different directions all at once. Partners, Associates, clients, courts, transactions, and deadlines dominate so much of our time. On a daily basis we are consumed with these external to-do’s.

Tips from the Bench

Hon. Joel Wohlfeil
San Diego Superior Court

Nearly three decades ago, I attended a trial lawyer's dinner at which I heard an exceptionally talented lawyer share the secrets of his success.

Legal Ethics for Emerging Attorneys

Think Twice Before Using an Online Marketing Company

Alara Chilton
Law Office of Alara T. Chilton

You are eager to grow your law practice and are considering signing up with an Internet-based marketing company for attorneys named Fast Affordable Lawyers, Inc. (FAL).


The Forum’s Listserve – A Powerful Tool
When Used Correctly

Michael Olinik
The Butler Firm

One useful benefit of being a member of the Forum for Emerging Lawyers is access and use of the Forum’s listserve. The listserve is a valuable tool when you need help from your fellow emerging lawyers as you face an unfamiliar area of law, navigate through a particularly murky procedural question, or wish to share useful information with the other members of the Forum.

Inter Alia

Financial Aid Update: Income-Derived
Repayment and Loan Forgiveness Programs

Drew Lautemann
Career Advisor, Pro Bono & Public Service Coordinator
California Western School of Law

According to U.S. News & World Report, the average law school debt for those who graduated from one of the three ABA-accredited San Diego law schools in 2014 was $150,706, and if you are among this group of students, hopefully you already know about the various income-derived repayment and forgiveness options.

Tips from the Pros

How to Make Your Briefs Sparkle

Jeremy Robinson
Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Round up a group of lawyers and ask them whether they are good writers. Most will say “yes.” We don’t lack for self-confidence, after all. But, in my years of practice, I have seen innumerable examples of legal wordsmithy, and I remain doubtful.

Scene At

Gulls Game and More!

Have you been "Scene At" the latest events? Check out pics of recent happenings.

See the Seal? It's Been CIEL Certified!

If you see this seal next to an event posted on the SDCBA website, social media or other SDCBA publications, that means the event has been "CIEL Certified." The SDCBA's Council on the Integration of Emerging Lawyers identifies these programs as being especially beneficial to newer attorneys and their growing practices. Don't miss the next CIEL Certified CLE taking place February 25: "Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law: A Year in Review." See details here.

Editor-In-Chief: Michael Olinik
Contributing Writers: Alara Chilton, Jason Evans, Drew Lautemann,
Jocelyn Neudauer, Michael Olinik, Jeremy Robinson, Hon. Joel Wohlfeil
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